The Southern Africa Trade Hub, in conjunction with its bilateral USAID partner project INVC (Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains), hosted a pair of two-day training workshops in Malawi for over 100 participants drawn from processors, traders, farmers unions, and farmer leaders on aflatoxin management and removal in groundnuts for trade and processing.
The sessions covered aflatoxin contamination causes in both pre- and post-harvest periods, primary contamination points, and good agricultural practices that lead to prevention. Best practices in drying, sorting, de-shelling and storage were also shared that, if followed, will drastically reduce the health risks and enormous economic losses suffered by all actors in the groundnut value chain.
Isaac Gokah, Trade Advisor from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Head of the Malawi Taskforce on Aflatoxin, briefed the participants on current measures being pursued by the Malawian government to contain aflatoxin contamination. He also touched on the role of PACA (Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa) in promoting policies to reduce contamination and improve compliance with regional and international standards.